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BetVictor Welsh Open Pencil

Date: 15-21 Feb 2016; Venue: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales; Type: Ranking; Defending champion: John Higgins; Twitter: #SnookerWelshOpen; Notes: See also results (127)
Final Pencil
(Winner: £60,000; Runner-up: £30,000)
England Ronnie O'Sullivan [6] 9-5 Australia Neil Robertson [4] Head to head   Pencil

First session:
5-64, 0-78 (78), 88-33 (60), 1-76 (76)
71-12 (60), 0-66, 1-77 (77), 85-20

Second session:
94-39 (57), 78-42, 74-26, 71-21 (70), 79-1, 141-0 (141)

Referee: Terry Camilleri

This was O'Sullivan's fourth Welsh Open title and 28th major ranking win in total.

Semifinals Pencil
(Losers receive £20,000)
Australia Neil Robertson [4] 6-4 Northern Ireland Mark Allen [9] Head to head   Pencil

1-77 (77), 40-82 (55), 65-57 (MA 56)
109-12 (51, 54), 75-0 (75), 86-31 (82)
72-1 (72), 0-124 (124), 1-96, 66-40

England Ronnie O'Sullivan [6] 6-3 England Joe Perry [10] Head to head   Pencil

68-48, 0-139 (139), 129-0 (124), 1-92 (92), 105-0 (101)
94-29 (94), 88-3 (88), 39-83 (56), 98-24 (78)

Quarterfinals Pencil
(Losers receive £10,000)
Northern Ireland Mark Allen [9] 5-0 Wales Michael White [17] Head to head   Pencil

Allen needed snookers to win frame 2 but White knocked the pink in and left a free ball.

Australia Neil Robertson [4] 5-2 China Ding Junhui [12] Head to head   Pencil

Ding compiled the 6th maximum break of his career in frame six. It earns him 12,000 pounds. Watch on YouTube.

England Ronnie O'Sullivan [6] 5-1 England Mark Selby [3] Head to head   Pencil
England Joe Perry [10] 5-1 England Ben Woollaston [31] Head to head   Pencil
Round 4 Pencil
(Last 16; Losers receive £5,000)
1 Wales Michael White [17] 4-1 Scotland John Higgins [1] Head to head   Pencil
2 Northern Ireland Mark Allen [9] 4-3 England Barry Hawkins [8] Head to head   Pencil
3 China Ding Junhui [12] 4-2 Belgium Luca Brecel [28] Head to head   Pencil
4 Australia Neil Robertson [4] 4-2 Hong Kong Marco Fu [13] Head to head   Pencil
5 England Mark Selby [3] 4-2 Wales Mark J Williams [14] Head to head   Pencil
6 England Ronnie O'Sullivan [6] 4-1 China Yu Delu [54] Head to head   Pencil
7 England Joe Perry [10] 4-3 England Judd Trump [7] Head to head   Pencil
8 England Ben Woollaston [31] 4-1 England Martin Gould [15] Head to head   Pencil
Round 3 Pencil
(Last 32; Losers receive £3,000)
1 Scotland John Higgins [1] 4-1 Cyprus Michael Georgiou [73] Head to head   Pencil
2 Wales Michael White [17] 4-1 China Liang Wenbo [16] Head to head   Pencil
3 Northern Ireland Mark Allen [9] 4-1 Wales Ryan Day [24] Head to head   Pencil
4 England Barry Hawkins [8] 4-2 England Mark Davis [25] Head to head   Pencil
5 Belgium Luca Brecel [28] 4-2 England Shaun Murphy [5] Head to head   Pencil

Interesting black by Murphy in frame four. Watch on World Snooker's Facebook Page.

6 China Ding Junhui [12] 4-3 England Matthew Selt [21] Head to head   Pencil
7 Hong Kong Marco Fu [13] 4-2 Scotland Graeme Dott [20] Head to head   Pencil
8 Australia Neil Robertson [4] 4-2 Scotland Anthony McGill [29] Head to head   Pencil
9 England Mark Selby [3] 4-2 Ireland Fergal O'Brien [35] Head to head   Pencil
10 Wales Mark J Williams [14] 4-2 Norway Kurt Maflin [46] Head to head   Pencil
11 China Yu Delu [54] 4-3 Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng [43] Head to head   Pencil
12 England Ronnie O'Sullivan [6] 4-0 England Jimmy Robertson [38] Head to head   Pencil
13 England Judd Trump [7] 4-2 Scotland Alan McManus [26] Head to head   Pencil
14 England Joe Perry [10] 4-2 Ireland Ken Doherty [42] Head to head   Pencil
15 England Martin Gould [15] 4-3 Wales Matthew Stevens [47] Head to head   Pencil
16 England Ben Woollaston [31] 4-3 England Anthony Hamilton [67] Head to head   Pencil
Round 2 Pencil
(Last 64; Losers receive £2,000)
1 Scotland John Higgins [1] 4-0 England Sam Baird [64] Head to head   Pencil
2 Cyprus Michael Georgiou [73] 4-2 England Peter Ebdon [32] Head to head   Pencil
3 China Liang Wenbo [16] 4-1 England Gary Wilson [49] Head to head   Pencil
4 Wales Michael White [17] 4-3 England Tom Ford [48] Head to head   Pencil
5 Wales Ryan Day [24] 4-3 England Mike Dunn [41] Head to head   Pencil
6 Northern Ireland Mark Allen [9] 4-3 Finland Robin Hull [56] Head to head   Pencil
7 England Mark Davis [25] 4-1 England James Cahill [107] Head to head   Pencil
8 England Barry Hawkins [8] 4-3 England Robbie Williams [57] Head to head   Pencil
9 England Shaun Murphy [5] 4-3 England Mitchell Mann [75] Head to head   Pencil
10 Belgium Luca Brecel [28] 4-3 England Mark King [37] Head to head   Pencil
11 China Ding Junhui [12] 4-3 Northern Ireland Joe Swail [53]     Pencil
12 England Matthew Selt [21] 4-1 England Sydney Wilson [97] Head to head   Pencil
13 Scotland Graeme Dott [20] 4-3 Scotland Ross Muir [88] Head to head   Pencil
14 Hong Kong Marco Fu [13] 4-1 Wales Daniel Wells [84] Head to head   Pencil
15 Scotland Anthony McGill [29] 4-1 Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh [36] Head to head   Pencil
16 Australia Neil Robertson [4] 4-1 England Stuart Carrington [61] Head to head   Pencil
17 England Mark Selby [3] 4-2 England Peter Lines [70] Head to head  
In frame five Selby needed a snooker but he got it to lead 3-2 with a great clearance.
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18 Ireland Fergal O'Brien [35] 4-3 England Allister Carter [30] Head to head   Pencil
19 Wales Mark J Williams [14] 4-2 England Rod Lawler [51] Head to head   Pencil
20 Norway Kurt Maflin [46] 4-1 Ireland Leo Fernandez (a)     Pencil
21 Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng [43] 4-1 England Robert Milkins [22] Head to head   Pencil
22 China Yu Delu [54] 4-3 England Ricky Walden [11] Head to head  
Walden needed a snooker to force a decider
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23 England Jimmy Robertson [38] 4-1 England Michael Holt [27] Head to head   Pencil
24 England Ronnie O'Sullivan [6] 4-0 China Tian Pengfei [59] Head to head   Pencil

O'Sullivan made 3 centuries during the match.

25 England Judd Trump [7] 4-1 England Rory McLeod [58] Head to head   Pencil
26 Scotland Alan McManus [26] 4-1 England Mark Joyce [39] Head to head   Pencil
27 England Joe Perry [10] 4-2 China Li Hang [55] Head to head   Pencil
28 Ireland Ken Doherty [42] 4-3 England David Gilbert [23] Head to head   Pencil
29 Wales Matthew Stevens [47] 4-2 England Martin O'Donnell [89] Head to head   Pencil
30 England Martin Gould [15] 4-3 England Jack Lisowski [50] Head to head   Pencil
31 England Ben Woollaston [31] 4-1 England Alfie Burden [91] Head to head   Pencil
32 England Anthony Hamilton [67] 4-2 England Allan Taylor [109] Head to head   Pencil
Round 1 Pencil
(Last 128; Losers receive £0)
1 Scotland John Higgins [1] 4-0 England Andy Hicks (a)     Pencil
2 England Sam Baird [64] 4-2 Malaysia Thor Chuan Leong [99] Head to head   Pencil
3 England Peter Ebdon [32] 4-0 China Zhang Anda [72] Head to head   Pencil
4 Cyprus Michael Georgiou [73] 4-0 Wales Jamie Jones [33] Head to head   Pencil
5 China Liang Wenbo [16] 4-0 Egypt Hatem Yassin     Pencil
6 England Gary Wilson [49] 4-1 England Jimmy White [115] Head to head   Pencil
7 Wales Michael White [17] 4-2 England Joe O'Connor (a)     Pencil
8 England Tom Ford [48] 4-1 England Jason Weston [106]     Pencil
9 England Mike Dunn [41] 4-3 England Chris Wakelin [86] Head to head  
Respot in the decider
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10 Wales Ryan Day [24] 4-0 Australia Vinnie Calabrese [114]     Pencil
11 Finland Robin Hull [56] 4-2 Iran Hossein Vafaei Ayouri [92]     Pencil
12 Northern Ireland Mark Allen [9] 4-0 England Sam Craigie (a)     Pencil
13 England James Cahill [107] 4-1 China Xiao Guodong [40]     Pencil
14 England Mark Davis [25] 4-2 China Zhao Xintong (a)     Pencil
15 England Robbie Williams [57] 4-3 England Luke Simmonds (a)     Pencil
16 England Barry Hawkins [8] 4-2 Wales Lee Walker [76]     Pencil
17 England Shaun Murphy [5] 4-1 Brazil Itaro Santos    
Santos missed the last red on the way to a max and ended on 112
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18 England Mitchell Mann [75] 4-2 China Zhou Yuelong [60] Head to head   Pencil
19 Belgium Luca Brecel [28] 4-3 England Ian Burns [69] Head to head   Pencil
20 England Mark King [37] 4-0 Scotland Scott Donaldson [78]     Pencil
21 China Ding Junhui [12] 4-1 England Steven Hallworth [94]     Pencil
22 Northern Ireland Joe Swail [53] 4-1 England Zak Surety [79] Head to head   Pencil
23 England Matthew Selt [21] 4-0 England Nigel Bond [96]     Pencil
24 England Sydney Wilson [97] 4-3 Northern Ireland Gerard Greene [44] Head to head   Pencil
25 Scotland Ross Muir [88] w/o Scotland Jamie Burnett [45] Head to head  
Burnett didn't show up
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26 Scotland Graeme Dott [20] 4-1 Isle of Man Darryl Hill [95]     Pencil
27 Wales Daniel Wells [84] 4-2 England Andrew Higginson [52] Head to head   Pencil
28 Hong Kong Marco Fu [13] 4-0 England Joel Walker [74] Head to head   Pencil
29 Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh [36] 4-2 England Paul S Davison [112] Head to head   Pencil
30 Scotland Anthony McGill [29] 4-3 England Liam Highfield [71] Head to head   Pencil
31 England Stuart Carrington [61] 4-0 Northern Ireland Jordan Brown (a)     Pencil
32 Australia Neil Robertson [4] 4-3 Scotland Fraser Patrick [108] Head to head   Pencil
33 England Mark Selby [3] 4-0 Wales Duane Jones [113]     Pencil
34 England Peter Lines [70] 4-2 England David Grace [62] Head to head   Pencil
35 England Allister Carter [30] 4-1 China Cao Yupeng [66] Head to head   Pencil
36 Ireland Fergal O'Brien [35] 4-3 Thailand Noppon Saengkham [98] Head to head   Pencil
37 Wales Mark J Williams [14] 4-3 China Lü Chenwei [101]     Pencil
38 England Rod Lawler [51] 4-3 England Sanderson Lam [90]     Pencil
39 Ireland Leo Fernandez (a) 4-3 England Kyren Wilson [19]     Pencil
40 Norway Kurt Maflin [46] 4-3 England Hammad Miah (a)    
Maflin was 3-0 down
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41 Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng [43] 4-1 England Craig Steadman [68] Head to head   Pencil
42 England Robert Milkins [22] 4-3 England Sean O'Sullivan [83]     Pencil
43 China Yu Delu [54] 4-3 England Ian Glover [100]     Pencil
44 England Ricky Walden [11] 4-3 Thailand James Wattana [111] Head to head   Pencil
45 England Jimmy Robertson [38] 4-3 England Michael Wild [102]     Pencil
46 England Michael Holt [27] 4-3 Pakistan Hamza Akbar     Pencil
47 China Tian Pengfei [59] 4-2 England Ashley Hugill (a) Head to head   Pencil
48 England Ronnie O'Sullivan [6] 4-1 England Barry Pinches [81] Head to head   Pencil

O'Sullivan made a 146 to clinch the match. He refused the max because he thought the bonus money (10k) was too low. Watch the bizarre moment on YouTube.

49 England Judd Trump [7] 4-0 Scotland Michael Leslie [85]     Pencil
50 England Rory McLeod [58] 4-3 England Michael Wasley [80] Head to head   Pencil
51 Scotland Alan McManus [26] 4-3 Scotland Rhys Clark [103]     Pencil
52 England Mark Joyce [39] 4-0 Wales Gareth Allen [104]     Pencil
53 England Joe Perry [10] 4-0 Malta Tony Drago [87] Head to head   Pencil
54 China Li Hang [55] 4-0 England Chris Melling [82] Head to head   Pencil
55 England David Gilbert [23] 4-0 China Zhang Yong [110] Head to head   Pencil
56 Ireland Ken Doherty [42] 4-0 China Lu Ning [93] Head to head   Pencil
57 Wales Matthew Stevens [47] 4-2 Ireland David Morris [65] Head to head   Pencil
58 England Martin O'Donnell [89] 4-3 Scotland Stephen Maguire [18]     Pencil
59 England Jack Lisowski [50] 4-2 Scotland Eden Sharav [105]     Pencil
60 England Martin Gould [15] 4-1 England Adam Duffy (a) Head to head   Pencil
61 England Alfie Burden [91] 4-3 Wales Dominic Dale [34] Head to head   Pencil
62 England Ben Woollaston [31] 4-0 England Jamie Cope [77] Head to head   Pencil
63 England Allan Taylor [109] 4-1 England Oliver Lines [63] Head to head   Pencil
64 England Anthony Hamilton [67] 4-1 England Stuart Bingham [2] Head to head   Pencil

Hamilton with a fantastic 72 break to win from 71-0 down in frame 5.


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